The moments after an auto accident can be a very chaotic and stressful time. It’s very easy to forget to get a copy of the accident report. Obviously, you are worrying about possible injuries in both vehicles, calling the police, and assessing physical damage to your transportation. Many people overlook receiving a copy of the accident report while they are still at the scene because of all the distractions and other priorities. Acquiring a copy of this report is very important and the sooner you can obtain it, the better off you will be. Another common reason for not receiving a copy of the report is that you were too injured at the time. In this case, it is advised that you have a friend or family member stay at the scene and make sure that you get a copy of the accident report.
Why Is It Important To Get Your Copy Of An Accident Report?
First of all, you need make sure that actual report is accurate. Often times the accident report doesn’t reflect what actually happened and both you and your attorney will need to contact the law enforcement officers that created the report at the scene.
In most instances, your own insurance will require this report to start with the filing of your claim.
If you decide to file a lawsuit, this accident report will be vital because it is the most reliable piece of information regarding the accident and will be used as the backbone to forming a strong legal case. Under No-Fault Law in Michigan, you will still be eligible to receive PIP Benefits regardless of who is fault for the accident. If the police report doesn’t assign fault properly, you will not be able to receive non-economic damages (Third Party Benefits). This means that you will not be eligible for an award regarding your pain and suffering or excess non-economic damages such as lost wages that exceed the 85% statutory maximum.
You can be sure that the other driver(s) involved will also order the accident report. Having this in hand quickly is a major advantage since their attorneys can start forming a legal defense to future accident claims right away. If you have this report early, you won’t have to go through the process of having your attorney request the report. This usually takes a great deal of time and really puts your legal team at a distinct disadvantage. Many times people feel that they don’t need to file an accident right away but end up filing it weeks or months later. They don’t realize they need to order this report and waiting a long period of time can be detrimental to your case. Just make sure you obtain a copy as soon as possible to avoid any problems.
How Do I Actually Order The Accident Report From The Authorities?
There are 2 different ways to order and obtain this report. You may contact the law enforcement agency that responded to the scene of the accident directly or you can order the report online if you have enough information to find and buy the report (small fee). In order to find the report online you may need to know the names of the drivers involved, the police agency that responded, or the actual report number. If you would like to order the report online, please visit either The Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Purchasing System or Clemis. If you have been involved in an accident and would like help ordering your accident report or would just like to talk accident, please contact our accident attorneys for a free phone consultation at (517)-347-6900.